Another Arizona restaurant — this time Boca Tacos y Tequila — has decided to take orders for lion meat. Their price for one lion meat taco is $8.75. Last year, a Mesa restaurant named Il Vinaio served lion meat burgers as a promotion during the World Cup. Eating lion meat has nothing to do with soccer, so it seemed to clearly be a cheap, crude publicity stunt. So many people called in with disapproving comments and sent similar email messages that the restaurant ceased serving lion. The negative press also may have incited a fair number of one star Yelp reviews, which have apparently continued. (If you are not familiar with Yelp, it is one of the biggest restaurant review sites, with content written by actual customers.)
Boca Tacos y Tequila may be in for a similar storm of contempt. Already a blogger is calling for University of Arizona students to boycott the restaurant. He says he believes the lion meat will come from cubs, not adults as the meat from them will be tougher.
The restaurant’s owner appeared to admit the lion tacos he intends to serve are just a publicity stunt, like the lion meat burgers at the Mesa restaurant. “I’m doing the African lion to get my name out. I’ve never tried it myself, but this one really caught my eye,” said Bryan Mazon (Source: Arizona Star) They have also been serving python, rattlesnake, elk, alligator, turtle, duck, and frog legs for Exotic Taco Wednesdays. Why anyone needs an exotic taco is beyond reasoning, and seems like nothing but a ploy to manipulate public interest.
Mr. Mazon says half of his customer base is students and that the lion meat tacos will draw in more. It has been reported the lion meat will come from a meat distributor in Perris, California, east of Los Angeles.
Somehow raising lions in captivity and selling them for meat is legal, though it seems like one of the most cringeworthy and repulsive activities there is. Meanwhile, wild lions in Africa are experiencing a dramatic decline due to habitat loss, poisonings, and poaching.
To people who eat lion meat, such a fact might sound like “tree-hugging,” but it isn’t. Even the mainstream media program 60 Minutes broadcast a special on the mass poisoning of lions.
So is Congress listening to the news coming out of Arizona, and will any member there ever propose legislation to ban this reprehensible trade in lion meat?
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